Oregon Cooperative Housing Network
co-developing a new advocacy & development network for cooperative housing.
PDX Shelter Forum – online events and discussion forum on alternative shelter and housing for the houseless in Portland. Co-founder and moderator/organizer. Also, in connection with this, Tim coordinates community-sourced analysis and position papers on current issues or legislation, and regularly presents spoken or written testimony to various government bodies such as Portland City Council and Multnomah County Board of Commissioners.
Village Collaborative – lead organizer and writer/editor for this national (& somewhat international) network, supporting self-managed communities of cost-effective tiny homes for people in need of housing. It includes a large Facebook group (1700+ members) and a wiki collaboration platform. It is a project of Square One Villages non-profit, based in Eugene, Oregon.
For more about this, see interview of SquareOne Villages founder and me, “The Village Alternative: Andrew Heben and Tim McCormick Have a Democratic Solution to Houselessness,” by Portland journalist Thacher Schmid, Dec 2020.
HousingWiki, an online collaborative platform for research and advocacy materials on housing and land use. (formerly YIMBYwiki).
Village Buildings: West Coast housing from the bottom up: an in-progress community book project examining recent innovative and radical “bottom-up” housing programs, and how they fit into or challenge traditions of self-build, social, and community-development housing. It is currently hosted and developed on HousingWiki as an open article collection.
Media Distillery (2012-present): a collection of ongoing / intermittent explorations, writings, projects, presentations about tracking, sorting, analyzing personal media use. (“personal librarianship”). Including:
Houslets: an ongoing, intermittent project to research, prototype, and test low-cost, DIY (Do It Yourself), adaptable living spaces. Since 2014 I've exhibited, received grant-funding and lived for several years cumulatively in various prototype dwelling structures. These are designed to be easily built and changed by most people, using easily available materials; but that are capable of compliance with building code, vehicle, or temporary-structure codes. The project has received press coverage in the New York Times, San Francisco Examiner, Silicon Valley Business Journal, KPIX (NBC television news, Bay Area), etc, and received funding from Buena Vista Center for the Arts, the Institute for the Future, the Knight Foundation, a crowdsourcing campaign, and others.
BoxShelves: flat-packable, durable, low-cost storage boxes that can also assemble into bookshelves, furniture, & divider walls. This was motivated especially by managing my often-moved book library as noted above, and also for creating interior/flexible spaces on a similar and integratable model as Houslets.
Twitter: @tmccormick, @Housing_Wiki
LinkedIn profile (i.e. resume)
Medium (where I usually put posts/essays): tmccormick.medium.com
Instagram (I only occasionally use): tmccormick10
I have had two cats, Bao-yu (贾宝玉 / 賈寶玉 / Jiǎ Bǎoyù / Chia Pao-yu, “precious jade”, RIP 2005-2021, and Tai-yu (林黛玉 / Lín Dàiyù / Lin Tai-yu; “Blue-black Jade”), RIP 2008-2016. Also, for part of 2021 I had another cat, I called Abela, like female version of Abel the shepherd in Genesis, or Baochai (薛宝钗; Xuē Bǎochāi; Hsueh Pao-chai; ‘Jeweled Hair Pin’). The Chinese names are from main characters in the 18th-century Qing dynasty novel, Dream of the Red Chamber (Hónglóu mèng / 红楼梦), one of China’s Four Great Classical Novels and possibly my favorite work of literature.
Photographs: Flickr-hosted photos 2005 to 2011 or so? 2017- on, Google Photos: https://photos.tmccormick.org (note this a just a manually-made listing of albums, because GPhotos unaccountably doesn’t (as of 6/2022) offer any way to do that. I have way more photos & albums than shown there).
my San Francisco / Bay Area Google map (some places of note to me)
JSTOR / HeinOnline alumni access link.
Amazon Wishlist: books, tools, design objects, etc — Sorted by priority; Sorted by most recently added.